Keeping malnutrition on radar after Typhoon Haiyan

December 6, 2013

"Nearly one month after Typhoon Haiyanswept through the Philippines, displacing more than four million people, health experts are trying to lower the rising risk of malnutrition among 1.5 million children under five, and help hundreds of thousands of women continue breastfeeding...up to half of the medical personnel working in the affected regions were personally affected by the typhoon. 'Because of the lack of food and water in the affected areas, some doctors abandoned their posts,' said Martin Parreno, the health and nutrition coordinator for the French NGO, Action Contre la Faim International (ACF). ACF’s Parreno noted that 'Damaged health facilities [are being] quickly repaired and made functioning to accommodate more patients.'”